KEEP HER by Faith Andrews — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The author requested a review and I loved the first Grayson Siblings book!

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The Grayson siblings are at it again—guilty of keeping secrets from each other when it comes to who they fall in love with. This time little brother’s best friend is the object of Riley’s affection and their intimate connection is impossible to resist.

Riley Grayson—snarky, successful, lonely. She’s looking for Mr. Right, especially now that her younger, reformed man-whore of a brother is living out his happily ever after with her best friend. If Marcus can find true love, why the hell can’t she?

Enter Beck Matthews, Marcus’s childhood best friend. He’s lovable, sexy, and oh, yeah—not single. But one night of drunken partying and wild sex with Riley and Beck may be rethinking his future. Has he been planning it with the wrong girl?

Although these two can’t stay away from each other, it seems the ghosts of their pasts are holding them back from what they really want. Can Riley and Beck overcome the threat of shocking coincidences and unexpected events that will test their trust in one another?

Find out if Beck’s love is strong enough to Keep Her.

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JENN’S REVIEW

Riley Grayson has spent much of her adult life taking care of others. She has a successful business and a close family. What Riley doesn’t have is that special someone, and she is beginning to think she is never going to find him. Beck Matthews is working his dream job with the FDNY and in a steady, committed relationship. So committed in fact, he is ready to ask his girlfriend, Marissa, to move in with him. Both of them on separate paths, both about to collide.

Riley and Beck have known each other their whole lives. Beck’s best friend is Marcus, Riley’s brother. They have a history together, albeit a familial one. Riley and Beck have no clue that one night out on the town will change both of their lives.

I really liked that the first part of Keep Her took place at the same time as Keep Me. While we got to see a lot from Riley and Beck during Marcus and Tessa’s story, there was so much behind the scenes that we missed out. I was really happy to go back and revisit it. We get to see their first time, and by their own admission, it was EXPLOSIVE!

“You know what—how had this never happened before? There was always strong sexual tension between the two of us, but nothing I thought she’d want to act on. I guess there was a lot about Riley Grayson I didn’t know.”

Riley and Beck are worried about what Marcus might think (i.e. beat the crap out of Beck), so they keep their “relationship” a secret for now. One of my favorite parts of the book was their text messages back and forth.

             “(Beck): Me = really wish I didn’t have to stay at this house tonight.

 Riley: I’m about to start a fire just so you can come here. What will cause the least damage, but  get you here the quickest.?

Beck: LOL. Step away from the matches, Riles. We’re not the first responders to your hood.”

I loved the dual POV’s. You knew that they were both falling for each other, but refused to share it. Both continued to declare this a casual relationship, when it was anything but casual. Riley is concerned that she is just a rebound. She thinks that Beck’s “break” from Marissa is not a permanent one, and when Marissa realizes her mistake, Beck will take her back. Beck doesn’t help much when he runs every time Marissa beckons.

Riley didn’t do much in the first book to endear herself to me…in fact, I sort of hated her. She was way too involved in Tessa and Marcus’s relationship, and I felt she was jealous and needed to let it go. Even with the first 25% or so of the book, I still was not a Riley fan. But, oh, how that changed. My heart broke for Riley over and over again. I had knots in my stomach and couldn’t put the book down. It was a fast paced ride to the end. I went from despising Riley, to wanting nothing more that for her to have her happy ending with her very own Prince Charming. You are going to love this one!

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